Scatter Storming. Issue #024

ss024I’m in a bizarre anti-social mood, so let’s just dive in.

Out of the field and back into the tunnel -
Although Pokémon has been taking up most of my time, I’ve been making an effort to play Final Fantasy XIII too, since I quite enjoy a lot of the game, and if I beat it this week it might still be relevant to review it. Still, while the game is getting harder and harder (Lightning’s not a good enough Sentinel yet, and I often refuse to put Snow in my party, so that doesn’t help), it’s a little annoying to be plucked from the expanse of Pulse and dropped back into somewhat of a tunnel. Sure, there are more branching paths and whatnot, but game really does need more dicking around.

Despite all that, I’m excited to beat the game and go for completion since you can continue your save after beating the final boss, a nice change. It’s no New Game Plus, but it’s something.

Thank god for slow game season -
Seriously, I’m the most broke I’ve been in a very, very long time. I had to trade in for FFXIII and SoulSilver, and I hate trading in games. I don’t think there’s a game I want until Splinter Cell: Conviction, and I shouldn’t be so broke by then.

Seriously, I have to deal with this asshole? -
Check out the comments in Riddles’ little “revenge” post. What a little diva. I get that he quit his job and he’s having a bit of a life revolution, but Riddlethos and I shouldn’t have to suffer his little rebellion. We should be benefiting from it! We’re not the crazy oppressive mom, we’re the cool hip dad! Seriously, there’s just two of us, it should be easy to follow the simple rules we’ve laid out. Ones like “ONE MOTHER FUCKING OFFICIAL REVIEW PER GAME”. Argh, sorry, I love the guy, but I’m hoping a public rant will open up his eyes. He’s supposed to be the conservative one, remember?

Clarification on the 3DS -
Absolutely nothing is official yet, but IGN has a great article explaining three different technologies that the 3DS would likely choose between. I mean, it’s already been chosen, but you know what I mean. We have to wait until E3 for the absolute word, but what’s the internet for if not rumours and speculation?

That’s that. Modern Family time.

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24 Responses to “Scatter Storming. Issue #024”

  1. ConstipatedCow says:

    The games that you review you should post on meta-critic and gamestats. May increase viewership.

  2. Josh says:

    I agree with the cow…moooooooooooo

  3. SiliconNooB says:

    -2 reviews per game is fine, in cases where you have a differing opinion.

    -Seriously, why no game+ for XIII, it’s like they went out of their way to destroy replayability. Would it really have killed them to allow repeat players to begin with full access to the Crystarium, job roles, weapon customization and paradigm shifting

  4. SiliconNooB says:

    -For matters of game technology you should first look to digital foundry, who make it a policy not to hire retards.

  5. Ethos says:

    @SN – Not when you only have two people who post on the site. I like the RPGamer way of doing it in a lot of ways, but I don’t think it makes an ounce of sense for Riddlethos, and Riddles and I actually agreed not to do it.
    Also, the article I linked to was just as well informed and well written…

  6. SiliconNooB says:

    -If GoW3 is what Oliver is playing than I think it makes sense for him to write a review on it.

    -IGN are boneheads, Digital Foundry focus solely on analysing game technology.

  7. Ethos says:

    -It’s a matter of policy and respect. It was our policy, he didn’t respect it. We have a new review format and it makes sense to do one per game. Second opinions are more than welcomed, but when we move to a site built from the ground up, our policy will make a lot more sense. In fact, I actually think Riddles’ review is a BETTER review than mine (though I don’t agree with his slightly inflated score), but it doesn’t change the fact that he didn’t okay this when he and I okay EVERYTHING with each other.

    -I repeat: “Also, the article I linked to was just as well informed and well written…”

  8. SiliconNooB says:

    How was Oliver’s score slightly inflated? It’s his score!

    -Perhaps you could look at reviewing your policies … Oliver was always a better fit for GoW anyways …

    -If you read too much IGN it’ll rot your brain!

  9. SiliconNooB says:

    -Thus far I’d give GoW3 a 9/10, but I haven’t got to the objectionable story elements yet …

  10. Ethos says:

    Why would Oliver be a better fit for GoW? We appear to feel the same about the series, we’re both recent fans, and we both enjoy the series. And it’s an official Second Opinion, not the official review. I’m okay with that.

    And if you’re somehow giving GoWIII a 9, I doubt it’ll go much lower. I just don’t think there’s enough to the game to warrant that sort of score, and I don’t think it’s thematically or atmospherically powerful enough to make up for it. I had a blast with it though, and I agree with Oliver that it’s the best in the series, ultimately. Although I miss the set pieces from II.

  11. SiliconNooB says:

    -Call it a hunch, I don’t think you’ve enjoyed any of the GoW games in the way that they’re supposed to be enjoyed. Now I might be much mistaken, but I’m of the opinion that Oliver gets them a little bit more than you do. And if the story ends as badly as you say then I could probably go as low as Oliver’s 8.5, but we’ll just have to see …

  12. Ethos says:

    I don’t know, I’ve enjoyed them for being over-the-top gory action-epics. I love Greek mythology, and I love epic, and I can get behind over-the-top if done right. I just think the series doesn’t deserve superlative praise.

  13. SiliconNooB says:

    -What I really mean by that is that so much of GoW’s appeal is wish fulfilment, and I kind of doubt that it’s your wish that’s being fulfilled …

  14. SiliconNooB says:

    I remember you complaining a few weeks ago that the music was too epic, I don’t think you’re GoW’s target demographic (though to be perfectly fair, if they knew their target demographic then they wouldn’t be trying to turn Kratos into a sympathetic character).

  15. Ethos says:

    You’re being incredibly vague. I might like games like Flower and Mario Galaxy, but it doesn’t mean I want every game to be fluffy and fruity. I just appreciate good game design.

    And if you’re going that route, let’s use Final Fantasy XIII as an example. It fulfils a lot of my wishes, but if I’m able to review it, I highly doubt it will get a score higher than what I gave God of War III. I personally enjoy FFXIII a lot, but I wouldn’t be able to deny its design flaws or shortcomings.

  16. Ethos says:

    No, the music was inappropriately epic, a point that Riddles agrees with and states in his Second Opinion which is essentially a re-iteration of my point.
    It gets it right in GoWIII and the over-the-top epic music is amazing because it’s in the right spots, and can more appropriately compliment the more action-heavy portions of the game. Juxtaposition is a universally useful technique.

  17. SiliconNooB says:

    C’mon now, I’m not accusing you of giving it a bad score or anything … I’m just saying that GoW is quality mechanics + X, and you’re getting the quality mechanics but not X.

    -I don’t see any difference in the music between GoW3 and the previous games, it sounds the same …

  18. Ethos says:

    Well like Riddles said, it’s no longer crazy bombastic when you’re in an empty cave or climbing up a bunch of walls. It’s ambient in the right places and therefore the crazy-epic stuff actually has a chance to shine. Which it finally did in GoWIII

  19. SiliconNooB says:

    I still haven’t noticed a difference, not saying there isn’t one, just that it doesn’t matter.

  20. Ethos says:

    It mattered a lot to me. Made a big difference in my books.

  21. SiliconNooB says:

    I know it did Ethan.

  22. Riddles says:

    The passive-aggressiveness of this thread is beyond amazing.

  23. Ethos says:

    I know, right? I’m a total bitch when I’m in a bad mood. Good thing they’re rare.

  24. SiliconNooB says:

    Feel better Ethan.

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